Patents Examined by Dameon E. Levi
  • Patent number: 10971866
    Abstract: The present disclosure described devices, components, connectors, and cables that connect an audio-visual device to an external antenna. Some embodiments describe a device connector for connecting the audio-visual device to an external cable. The device connector may include a supply port that is configured to receive power, data signals, and/or some combination of power and data from a source external to the audio-visual device. The device connector may also include an antenna port that is configured to connect the audio-visual device to an external antenna that is, for example, part of the same. Additionally, the device connector may include a detection mechanism that detects the presence of an antenna connection in the antenna port. When an antenna connection is detected, the audio-visual device may be configured to use one or more external antennas connected via the antenna connection to send and receive, e.g., WiFi signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: ROKU, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Garner, Tito Thomas
  • Patent number: 10965033
    Abstract: Disclosed is an adaptive-spacing antenna system and a method for designing an adaptive-spacing antenna system. The antenna system and design method are operative to provide a configuration layout that reduces both the amount of material required to manufacture the antenna and the obtrusiveness caused by the antenna, while providing more flexibility for installation and a variety of options for aesthetic applications. The adaptive-spacing antenna comprises one or a combination of more than one set of straight-linear and curvilinear elements forming an adaptively-spaced grid or mesh structure. The system and method are particularly suitable for reducing the antenna weight, cost, and obtrusiveness during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: TAOGLAS GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventor: Argy Petros
  • Patent number: 10957966
    Abstract: A wall mount kit for mounting a television screen on a wall, including a mounting base configured to be attached to the wall, a screen interface that is configured to be attached to a television screen, wherein the screen interface is connectable directly or indirectly to the mounting base; and wherein at least one part of the wall mount kit is designed to serve as part of the wall mount and also as an antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: BARKAN MOUNTS LTD
    Inventors: Shahar Barkan, Yaacov Goldberg, Shmuel Goldberg
  • Patent number: 10957988
    Abstract: A slot array antenna includes: a first conductive member having a first conductive surface and a plurality of slots therein, the slots being arrayed in a first direction and in a second direction which intersects the first direction; a second conductive member having a second conductive surface which opposes the first conductive surface; a plurality of waveguide members arrayed between the first and second conductive members along a direction which intersects the first direction, each waveguide member having an conductive waveguide face which extends along the first direction so as to oppose at least one of the slots; and an artificial magnetic conductor in a subregion which is within a region between the first and second conductive members but outside of a subregion containing the waveguide members. Neither an electric wall nor an artificial magnetic conductor exists in a space between two adjacent waveguide faces among the waveguide members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignees: NIDEC CORPORATION, WGR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki Kirino, Hiroyuki Kamo
  • Patent number: 10957972
    Abstract: An audio device (e.g., hearing aid) can optionally have a radio-frequency antenna that includes an antenna structure on a flexible printed circuit board. The antenna structure can have one or metal traces disposed on the flexible printed circuit board, the antenna structure extending over an area that substantially coincides with the area of the flexible printed circuit board. The flexible printed circuit board is foldable into a three-dimensional structure that can be disposed in a folded configuration in an audio device (e.g., hearing aid).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Team IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Tenvoon Wong
  • Patent number: 10957977
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, a system for generating electromagnetic signals that resonate in a cavity having a plurality of reflectors resulting in resonating electromagnetic signals and combining the resonating electromagnetic signals to form an electromagnetic wave that traverses a reflector and couples onto a physical transmission medium. One or more of the reflectors is implemented via a programmable substrate. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Donald J. Barnickel, Giovanni Vannucci, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Thomas M. Willis, III, Bruce E. Stuckman
  • Patent number: 10957984
    Abstract: A wireless communication device for transmitting/receiving a high-frequency signal having a predetermined communication frequency. The wireless communication device includes an antenna pattern having an inductance component, an RFIC element connected electrically to the antenna pattern and a capacitive coupling portion capacitively coupling specific confronting regions facing each other of the antenna pattern at multiple points on the antenna pattern, to make up an LC parallel resonant circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Noboru Kato
  • Patent number: 10950941
    Abstract: In an embodiment, conductive structural members of a device acting as NFC antenna are described. According to an embodiment, a device comprises: two conductive structural members, each comprising a first electrical end and a second electrical end, a dielectric isolation being configured between the first electrical end of the first conductive structural member and the first electrical end of the second conductive structural member; two NFC antenna feeds, the first feed being electrically coupled with the first electrical end of the first member, the second feed being electrically coupled with the first electrical end of the second member; two grounding components, one each grounding the second electrical end of the conductive structural members; at least one additional antenna feed configured for a frequency other than that of NFC, coupled to either of the two members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Juha Lilja, Ilkka Mikael Yli-Peltola
  • Patent number: 10950944
    Abstract: Systems and methods relating to patch antennas. A patch antenna has a substrate, a resonant metal plate at one side of the substrate, and a ground plane at the other opposite side of the substrate. Two feed pins are used to couple the antenna to other circuitry. The feed pins pass through the substrate and holes in at the ground plane. The feed pins are physically disconnected from both the resonant metal plate and the ground plane. The feed pins are capacitively coupled to the resonant metal plate to provide an electronic connection between other circuitry and the patch antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Tallysman Wireless Inc.
    Inventors: Gyles Panther, Rony E. Amaya, James Stuart Wight
  • Patent number: 10950949
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a housing that includes a first surface, a second surface facing the first surface, and a side surface surrounding a space between the first and second surfaces, a printed circuit board (PCB) that is arranged inside the housing and includes at least one antenna unit, and a communication circuit that is arranged inside the PCB or between the PCB and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Gil Jeon, Hyung Wook Kim, Jeong Heum Lee, Jong Hwan Lee, Ho Young Im
  • Patent number: 10944166
    Abstract: Baluns and antenna devices that achieve improved antenna isolation for simultaneous transmit and receive (STAR) antennas are provided. A tunable balun can be used to compensate for amplitude imbalances in a multi-antenna radio, and/or an antenna agnostic feed network can be used to improve isolation in a single antenna radio. The balun can be integrated directly into the antenna. The balun can control the amplitude of each signal to ensure they are equal, resulting in greater transmitter interference cancellation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: The Florida International University Board of Trustees
    Inventors: John L. Volakis, Satheesh Bojja Venkatakrishnan, Alexander Hovsepian
  • Patent number: 10944162
    Abstract: A passive wireless sensor system is disclosed that includes components fabricated from carbon nanotube (CNT) structures. In some situations, the passive wireless sensor system includes a CNT structure sensor and an antenna that communicates wirelessly by altering an impedance of the antenna. The passive wireless sensor system includes a non-battery-powered energy storage device that harvests energy from carrier signals received at the antenna. The antenna and the energy storage device can be formed from CNT structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Yosef Stein
  • Patent number: 10944178
    Abstract: A reconfigurable antenna comprises a panel having a liquid metal pump coupled to a power supply; a liquid metal reservoir in fluid communication with the pump; one or more channels for transporting the liquid metal, each of the one or more channels having a proximal end in fluid communication with the pump, each of the one or more channels having a vent at a distal end, wherein application of power to the pump moves the liquid metal into or out of the channels thereby reconfiguring the antenna. The pump may be a pneumatic pump or a magnetohydrodynamic pump, and a layer of a phosphonic acid may be included on the liquid metal-bearing surfaces of the channels. The phosphonic acid may be decylphosphonic acid (DPA), fluorobenzylphosphonic acid (FPA), or difluorobenzylphosphonic acid (DFPA), and one or more sensors may be coupled to the panel for determining the position of the liquid metal in the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventors: Jeffery W Baur, Gregory H Huff, Darren J Hartl, Geoffrey J Frank, Hong Pan
  • Patent number: 10939305
    Abstract: A passive radio-frequency redirector device is provided that includes: a polarized antenna configured to produce a radiation pattern in an azimuthal plane; and a directional antenna configured to produce a directional radiation pattern that is substantially complementary to the radiation pattern of the polarized antenna, wherein the directional radiation pattern is substantially cross-polarized relative to the radiation pattern of the polarized antenna, and the polarized antenna and the directional antenna are passively coupled together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Antonio Faraone, Robert J. Sileo, Giorgi Bit-Babik
  • Patent number: 10938120
    Abstract: A planar antenna with an integrated receiver based on aperture coupled antenna elements with inclusive slots electrically coupled to a microstrip feed network residing above a lower ground plane is disclosed. The use of aperture coupled feed elements eliminate the need for vias, which simplifies fabrication. Further, the antenna has integrated electronics located on the same layer as the microstrip feed network to minimize any noise or unwanted parasitic effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: John E. Rogers, Kalsi Kwan, Preston T. Bushey
  • Patent number: 10931019
    Abstract: A communications system such as a global position system (GPS) device, a spacecraft tracking device, a handheld radio, or any other communications device may include one or more helix antennas. Each helix antenna may include a conductive circular ring at a distal end of one or more helical arms. In a helical antenna with multiple arms, the arms may be shorted together at the distal end by the conductive circular ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: W. Neill Kefauver, James L. Lovejoy, Jr., Thomas Patrick Cencich
  • Patent number: 10931012
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, a system for generating electromagnetic signals that resonate in a cavity having a plurality of reflectors resulting in resonating electromagnetic signals and combining the resonating electromagnetic signals to form an electromagnetic wave that traverses a reflector and couples onto a physical transmission medium. One or more of the reflectors is implemented via a programmable substrate. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Donald J. Barnickel, Giovanni Vannucci, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Thomas M. Willis, III, Bruce E. Stuckman
  • Patent number: 10923802
    Abstract: Disclosed are a near field communication antenna module and a portable terminal having the same, which can form a radiation pattern winding in the vertical direction or in the horizontal direction of a magnetic body to enable near field communication on a rear surface and a side surface of the portable terminal. In the disclosed near field communication antenna module, an adhesive substrate is stacked on a lower surface of a radiation substrate of a magnetic body on which the radiation pattern is formed, and a signal processing substrate and a protection substrate are stacked and formed on an upper surface of the radiation substrate, and the radiation pattern winds the magnetic body in the vertical direction or in the horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: AMOTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Beom-Jin Kim, Byung-Guk Lim
  • Patent number: 10923818
    Abstract: Systems and methods which provide a hollow dielectric block dual-fed dual-frequency antenna configuration, such as may be utilized for wireless device communication in multiple RF bands, multi-frequency radar applications, etc., are described. Embodiments of a hollow dielectric block dual-fed dual-frequency antenna provide operation with respect to widely separated frequencies, such as to operate at frequencies in both a millimeter-wave band and a microwave band. A hollow dielectric block dual-fed dual-frequency antenna of embodiments of the invention may be fabricated from a single hollow dielectric block configured to integrate a dielectric resonator antenna (DRA) and a Fabry-Perot resonator antenna (FPRA), wherein the hollow dielectric block may be configured to serve as the resonator for the DRA and the superstrate for the FPRA simultaneously. The resonant frequencies of the DRA and FPRA of a hollow dielectric block dual-fed dual-frequency antenna of embodiments can be determined independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: City University of Hong Kong
    Inventors: Kwok Wa Leung, Li Ying Feng
  • Patent number: 10923824
    Abstract: Systems and methods relating to patch antennas. A patch antenna has a substrate, a resonant metal plate at one side of the substrate, and a ground plane at the other opposite side of the substrate. Two feed pins are used to couple the antenna to other circuitry. The feed pins pass through the substrate and holes in at the ground plane. The feed pins are physically disconnected from both the resonant metal plate and the ground plane. The feed pins are capacitively coupled to the resonant metal plate to provide an electronic connection between other circuitry and the patch antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Tallysman Wireless Inc.
    Inventors: Gyles Panther, Rony E. Amaya, James Stuart Wight